Review of the FetHead Dynamic Microphone Preamp
The FetHead is an inline microphone preamp designed to boost the signal from any dynamic or ribbon microphone.
I recently received a FetHead from manufacturers Triton Audio in the mail and had the opportunity to test it in the studio so have included a review.
My first impressions of the FetHead were good. The unit is well made and would look great in any studio. Setting up does not get any simpler – just plug one end into the dynamic mic of your choice and the other into a mic cable and then into your mixing desk or audio interface with phantom power and you are good to go.
For testing at my home studio I hooked it up to a Shure SM58 and a first generation MOTU 828 audio interface using one of the 48v mic inputs that the Fethead requires to run (actually it will run on anything from 18v to 48v). For comparison purposes I used the preamp built into the MOTU and did a test recording with both.
I found the FetHead to be very low noise like the MOTU preamps (although both results were perfectly acceptable).
Amplification was good with no noticeable distortion and using the FetHead gave me excellent gain with plenty of headroom.
The FetHead is a simple but effective way to boost the signal from any dynamic microphone be it diaphragm or ribbon type. It is solidly built, looks good, but most importantly does what it says on the tin and does it well. If you have a situation where your mic is not providing enough signal, a FetHead is at around $100 US, an affordable solution.
Details grabbed from the TritonAudio website:
Ultra low noise Class A JFet amplifier
20db amplification (@ 1000 ohm load)
double single ended amplifier topology
Lots of headroom
18-48 v phantom power
TritonAudio provides, from the date of purchase, to
the original purchaser, a 24-month limited warranty on all
products. This limited warranty covers manufacturing defects in material and
workmanship only. At the time of service, the owner will
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